What will the world look like in which religion and family have become the main trend? Gabriel Mascaro made Divine Love – a fantastic film about new values of the future, which is getting closer and closer. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. You can imagine love in 2027 at the Pioner and Falcon Club Cinema Boutique from August 22th.
Brazil, 2027. People turn to God through car prayer booths and have rave parties in honor of the Almighty. Joana, the main heroine of the film, provides counselling to married couples who are in crisis and devotes her free time to a religious community that practices an extremely radical way of bringing spouses together.
The reality of modern Brazilian society where the fusion of religion and the state is getting more and more popular gave Gabriel Mascaro an idea of a story about a fictional family therapy group called “Divine Love”. “It is not just a film about Brazil. Divine Love is a commentary on the conservative, fanatical, and nationalistic agenda that is spreading throughout the world, and the way its adherents interact with it,” the Brazilian director says. [the quote is not precise].
Gabriel Mascaro’s first film Neon Bull earned more than 60 film festival awards, including the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the Venice IFF. Divine Love was also mentioned by the jury of international film forums. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the Best Film Award at the Bucharest Film Festival, the main prize at the Guadalajara Film Festival “for the perfect realization of an uneasy story about the future that is getting closer and closer” as well as was nominated for an award by the International Confederation of Art Cinemas in the Panorama program at the Berlinale.
Critics compare Mascaro’s erotic film with the works of Yorgos Lanthimos and Terry Gilliam. Foreign media also noted the work of cameraman Diego Garcia, calling him “a magician of color and light” [the quote is not precise]. Garcia’s previous projects include Our time by Carlos Reygadas, Wildlife by Paul Dano, Neon Bull by Mascaro, and about to be the icon miniseries Too Old to Die Young by Nicolas Winding Refn.
“Gorgeously shot and produced, impressively acted and with a lot of fascinating things on its mind, this is yet further proof that the 35-year-old Mascaro is one of the most audacious and gifted filmmakers of his generation,” the Hollywood Reporter sums up.
You can watch Divine Love as part of “Listapad. Collections” from August 22nd to 28th at the Pioner cinema and from August 22nd to September 4th at the Falcon Club Cinema Boutique.